This slow cooker chili con queso is an excellent dip that is great as a side dish or as some party food.
Chili con queso or sometimes spelled Chile con queso is part of the Tex-Mex cuisine. The name is Spanish and translates to chili with cheese. The dish should be cheesy and have a nice bit of heat and flavor to it.
This recipe is the perfect dip to have for the Super Bowl or just any regular game day. Switching to the keep warm setting on your slow cooker will ensure the dip will stay smooth and dippable throughout the game.
Some tortilla chips or corn chips are perfect for dipping into this delicious hot dip. If you want to be a little healthier, then celery or carrot sticks are delicious as well. There are just so many options, but if I were to go with one, I would pick the tortilla chips.
There are hundreds of variations on this classic dish. I’m biased, but I think this recipe is one of the best that I have tried. If you have something better, be sure to let us know in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
Any leftover chili con queso is great for use in another recipe. For example, it’s a great topping for hot dogs or even a burrito. Make sure you keep any leftovers in the fridge until you need it.
I have put together a short video that takes you through all the steps to making this chili con queso dip in the slow cooker. If you prefer a written recipe then you can find that immediately underneath the video.
Slow Cooker Chili Con Queso Recipe
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- 500g (1.1 lb) ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 tsp garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 700g (1.5 lb) cream cheese
- 425g (1 lb) salsa, medium heat
- 1 Tbsp jalapeno peppers, diced
- In a frypan over high heat, add the ground beef, onion, garlic, and chili powder.
- Cook until the ground beef is browned, drain and transfer to a slow cooker.
- In the slow cooker, add the cream cheese, salsa and jalapeno peppers.
- Cook on low for 4 hours, stir every 30 minutes for the best results.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve & Enjoy
- The cream cheese can be replaced with a different type of cheese such as Velveeta, Monterey jack, or even cheddar cheese.
- If you love spicy food, then I highly recommend increasing the amount of jalapeno peppers or chili powder. I would only double the quantities otherwise it might get too spicy.
- You can swap the ground beef, onion, and garlic for some leftover chili. If it’s a super saucy chili then you might want to adjust the amount of salsa you add too.
- For the best results, I highly recommend that brown the beef as it will help reduce the amount of oily liquid in your dip.
- As I mentioned earlier, you can keep this dip warm in the slow cooker. This trick makes it great for parties or even for times when you will be eating over a long period.
All the nutritional information that you need for this recipe is right below. It’s clearly not going to the healthiest dip but it’s so delicious. You need to give it a try.
The number of people this dip will feed varies massively on how much more food you are going to have with it. If it's just this dip and some crackers, then expect to feed up to ten people off a single batch of this recipe.
The values below are just an estimate as I made use of an online calculator to work them out. You will also need to add any extras that you have with the dip such as tortilla chips.
I absolutely love Mexican food, and there is a surprising number of recipes that you can adapt to work in the slow cooker. One of my absolute favorites is the beef enchilada stack. It’s super easy and can easily feed a crowd.
Another recipe that I highly recommend that you try if you love spicy food is a belly-warming beef chili. It’s as good as it sounds and can feed quite a few people if required.
I hope that you love this slow cooker chili con queso recipe as much as I do. If you have any thoughts, feedback or anything else, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.